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Founded in the 9th century by the Vikings, probably as a fort, medieval Dublin expanded into a major port trading with Scandinavia, the British mainland and the Continent, exporting meat, fish and furs. Archaeological excavations of Viking and Hiberno-Norse Dublin were carried out from 1962 to 1981, recovering large quantities of organic material, much of which is still to be studied and published.

Numerous wooden objects, many of them decorated, testify to local textile production. They include spindles, one wound round with fine woollen yarn; wooden 'swor…

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Dublin”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 19 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_276>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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